Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fever Dream: Review and Giveaway



 THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED
Disclaimer: A copy of this Audio Book was provided by Hachette Audio Books for review. The views expressed here are honest and are in no way influenced by the publishers.

Synopsis from the back cover of the box

Yesterday, Special Agent Pendergast still mourned the loss of his beloved wife Helen, who died in a tragic accident in Africa, twelve years ago. Today, he discovers she was murdered. Tomorrow, he will learn her most guarded secrets, leaving him to wonder. Who was the woman I married? Why was she murdered? And above all….Who murdered her?

My Review
There were a lot of firsts for me with this book. It was my first time listening to an audio book for review. I am not completely sure if the same criteria for my book reviews apply to this but I am eager to try. It was also my first time listening to a book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs. From the back cover of the case, I realize that both authors have produced several books thus far, most of which have been warmly received by critics and book bloggers alike. Fever Dream is yet another success that can be added to the list.

 I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this suspense thriller. From the get go, the reader is thrown into exotic scenery, meticulous and vivid descriptions and a solid plot and story.  There is no letting up as chapter after chapter, new clues are revealed and the main characters try to figure out how it all leads to the murder of Pendergast’s wife. This is exactly how I like my suspense thrillers. You can’t tell who’s behind the murder until the very end. I enjoy it when the writer makes it that much harder for you to predict the next clue or to solve the mystery. Preston and Childs not only creates a challenge for the characters involved in the story but also for the readers as well and i thought that this is a testament to their excellent writing skill.

I have to admit that Pendergast was my favorite character in this book. He’s a brilliant detective who often straddles the line between a good cop and a bad cop. In fact sometimes I feel as though he is more of the latter. He is also at times very arrogant and cynical but I think Preston and Child made this work in the character’s favor.

Listening to the book was also a really nice experience. It did provide some variety in my reading.  The narrator Rene Auberjonois (the guy from Boston Legal) was really easy to listening to. He provided just the right amount of excitement in his tone when necessary. The story was 70+ chapters long and while I thought that it was a bit too long the story maintained its intrigue up until the very end. I guess in a way that made up for the story being so long. Also the character Constance Green was not resolved properly in the story. She came in pretty late into the book and her purpose or her connection to the overall story was not well developed. When the book ended i still had no clue about her.

All and all, this is a great story that is worth the read (or the listen) 

Giveaway

Thanks to Anna and the kind folks at Hachette Audio Books, I have three copies of this audio book to giveaway. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only and will close on June 30th. To enter, simply leave me a comment about your favorite suspense/thriller/mystery book of all time. Please be sure to leave your email in the comment since that will be the only way i can contact you if you win.

Winners will be selected by Random.org and will be notified by July 1st.

Good Luck everyone and thanks for participating.

CymLowell


18 comments:

Jo-Jo said...

I don't read a lot of books in this genre but I do enjoy them on audio now and then. Last year I listened to Boneman's Daughters by Ted Dekker and loved it!
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Library Chick said...

I Like The Girl on Legare Street
I would like to be considered for the giveaway.

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THRIFTY CANUCKS said...

There are so many good ones, but one of the ones that I really liked was Kiss the Girls by James Patterson.

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jewelknits said...

This is not a giveaway entry, as I also reviewed this audio. I totally agree with you about the imagery, the characters, and the suspense. I also was intrigued by Constance Green ... I believe that her story will continue in the next Pendergast book!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries

Elie said...

This sounds interesting. I don't read in this genre often, but I like to mix it up occasionally. My favorite...The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks.

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Charlie Courtland said...

This party is getting better and better! Murder mysteries are my guilty pleasure. I rather read than listen, so I might have to snag this one in print form.

I've grabbed your badge and dropped it on my book blog site -- I'm also now a proud follower :)

Charlie
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MarthaE said...

Pendergast is definitely a great character. This is one series my DH loves to listen to. It would be great to win it for him (and me too!)
Thanks. mesreads ATgmail.com

bettycd said...
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bettycd said...

Not totally awake yet so yes, a good thriller is just what I need.
Years after seeing the movie (multiple times) I read and thoroughly enjoyed Jaws.

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Julie said...

I don't think I have one favorite book of all time, but I do love James Patterson thrillers.

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Carrie Symes said...

This sounds like a great book!

Nightly Cafe said...

I too have never listened to audio books and from the sounds of your review it sounds great for this book. Great review :).

Natalie W said...

Wow my favorite? I can't pick just one, but the latest one that I really enjoyed was The Cold Room by J.T. Ellison. I also loved Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain.
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Aik said...

7th Heaven by James Patterson

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Terri C. said...

Thanks for the chance to win this! It sounds great and I've never read an audio book before.

My favorite thriller is 'Mercy' by David Lindsey (or Linsday).

Thanks,
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Kayla :) said...

Hmm. At the moment, probably Broken by Karin Slaughter.

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kp said...

The next book I read is sure to be my favourite. They keep getting better and better!

SenoraG said...

I am chomping at the bit waiting to read this. I love this whole series. Thanks for sharing your review.

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